Court Upholds Voter ID Law

In its recent ruling in League of Women Voters v. Walker the IV District Court of Appeals declared the 2011 voter ID law to be constitutional on its face and, in doing so, vacated a lower court’s injunction against its enforcement.

The court found that under the Wisconsin Constitution, the legislature may enact reasonable election regulations unless a challenged regulation is so burdensome that it effectively denies potential voters their right to vote.

The decision does not mean that IDs will be required at the next election. The separate NAACP v. Walker injunction remains pending before the II District Court of Appeals, and in addition to the League of Women Voters and NAACP cases, there are two cases pending in federal court.